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J Cancer Educ. 2017 Feb 10. doi: 10.1007/s13187-017-1184-9. [Epub ahead of print]

A Comprehensive Electronic Health Record Based Patient Navigation Module Including Technology Driven Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Education.

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  • 1Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 77030, USA.
  • 2Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 77030, USA.


The purpose of this concept paper is to propose an innovative multifaceted patient navigation module embedded in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to address barriers to efficient and effective colorectal cancer (CRC) care. The EHR-based CRC patient navigation module will include several patient navigation features: (1) CRC screening registry; (2) patient navigation data, including CRC screening data, outcomes of patient navigation including navigation status (CRC screening referrals, fecal occult blood test (FOBT) completed, colonoscopy scheduled and completed, cancelations, reschedules, and no-shows); (3) CRC counseling aid; and 4) Web-based CRC education application including interactive features such as a standardized colonoscopy preparation guide, modifiable CRC risk factors, and links to existing resources. An essential component of health informatics is the use of EHR systems to not only provide a system for storing and retrieval of patient health data but can also be used to enhance patient decision-making both from a provider and patient perspective.


Boston bowel preparation scale; Colonoscopy; Colorectal cancer; Electronic health record; Fecal occult blood test; Patient navigation

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